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May 16, 2017

I love Fort Kochi... ---although 20 km away from Mainland Kochi, it is truly an enchanting world. The aroma of the sea breeze, the quaint cafes, the awesome cuisine ,the beautiful shady trees...I just wish to be there now. If you cant go to Goa, to experience the Portuguese culture and tease your taste buds with the fresh juicy sea fare, your next best choice is Fort Kochi. When...

May 9, 2017

Leela Ammama was a true Scorpian-  Volatile, funny and incredibly talented. Leela Ammama was the daughter of a wealthy landlord in Attingal, Trivandrum district. She was married off at a tender age of 16 when she was barely an adult, to my grandfather 10 years her senior. He was the first man to realise she was truly gifted and simply creative. He sent her for classes and she exc...

April 26, 2017

On this day 65 years ago, Achacha and Ammama were to be married. To an outsider, this was a union of 2 mismatched souls.

Ammama was a city bred girl who had recently graduated with a BSc in maths, from a very affluent family. Achacha on the other hand was the sole earner of a joint family in rural Trissur. He just had a 10 Std certificate and recently lost his job from the Gulf as...

April 12, 2017

When I think of Ammama, the foods I associate with her are Jams, Biryanis and Mutton Varattiyathu.

Achacha and Ammama were heads over heel in love with each other throughout the 41 years they were together. Ammama was an exceptional cook always collecting recipes. Achacha and her children? Her biggest fans.

After Achacha passed away, Ammama began to meticulously dispose all his bel...

April 8, 2017

When I think about Meen curry, it is always love that comes to my mind .
The 90 year little story I would like to share with you at this instance is about my great grand aunt Mookaammama (Nose granny if you would like to know its translation) and her husband
Now you may wonder why of all names Mookkammama :)

My children, my nephew and I posses the nose of a teddy bear . In broader...

April 3, 2017

A few decades ago, every family in Kerala had a favorite bakery in their area, from which they would stock their pantry for the guests and naalu mani kadi (afternoon tea). Some of them were Tea cakes, butter beans, mixture and Nan kattais.

Mum and my daughter are so similar in character. They are both patient, calm and not the best at raising their feelings. Leela Ammama and me di...

March 27, 2017

Upma is one of the breakfast dishes which has successfully turned up a lot of noses and is ranked as one of the least respected dishes in Kerala 😳😳.

In the past few years living away from home, I have begun to actually like Upma.

Indian mothers especially mums of my mothers generation displayed their love through food😋 mostly and words 😞 rarely.

I have heard many a mot...

March 21, 2017

Some movies touch your heart. Ustad hotel was one of them . The two things for which I cherish this movie is the depiction of a beautiful relation between a grandfather and a grandson as well Kerala's own Sulaimani (black tea).

When I think of this beautiful movie, I am transported back to the late 80s when Achacha was hale and hearty.We were best mates and partners in crime.Achac...

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